oom·​pah ˈüm-(ˌ)pä How to pronounce oompah (audio)
variants or less commonly oompah-pah
: a repeated rhythmic bass accompaniment especially in a band
also : music featuring such accompaniment
oompah verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate My daddy, Joe J. Tymrak, played the push-button accordion and had his own band that played Czech oompah and Western swing music. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2023 This year’s event included some of the usual suspects: crowd favorite Die Guggenbach Buam, the five-man band from Germany playing traditional oompah-pah music, 13 different kinds of beers and German pastries, cookies and cakes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2019 Every hall has a regular rotation of oompah bands, heavy on the brass. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Oct. 2019 Havre de Grace Tourism Office held a grand Oktoberfest, in Hutchins Park on Oct. 12 with oompah bands and dancers, plenty of sauerkraut, beer, bratwurst and pretzels. Ronald Browning, baltimoresun.com, 25 Oct. 2019 The 46th annual La Mesa Oktoberfest fills nearly six blocks with a biergarten, beer stein races, keg bowling, vendors and oompah bands. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2019 Between now and late October, drinkers can sip golden-yellow lager, dance to oompah bands and load their plates with brats and spaetzle at multiple parties from Fort Lauderdale to Lake Worth to Hollywood. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Sep. 2019 To celebrate, Jack’s Abby in Framingham (100 Clinton St.) hosts its first Oktoberfest Sept. 27-29 with oompah bands, German food, and the introduction of a malty new lager, Copper Legend. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2019 In an otherwise forgettable performance, the oompah of a polka stood out as a highlight. Kelly Whiteside, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oompah was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Oompah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oompah. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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